University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire
UNewHampshire seal.png
Motto Science, Arts, Industry
Established 1866
Type Flagship
Sea grant
Space grant
Land grant
Endowment $238 million[1]
President Mark W. Huddleston (19th)
Admin. staff 586
Undergraduates 12,218
Postgraduates 2,434
Location Durham, New Hampshire, USA
Campus Rural
Colors UNH Blue, White
Nickname Wildcats
Mascot Wild E. Cat, Gnarlz
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Coordinates: 43°08′08″N 70°56′00″W / 43.13556°N 70.93333°W / 43.13556; -70.93333 The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is a public university in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), United States. The main campus is in Durham, New Hampshire. An additional campus is located in Manchester. With over 15,000 students, UNH is the largest university in New Hampshire. The university is one of only nine land, sea and space grant institutions in the nation. Since July 1, 2007, Mark W. Huddleston has served as the university's 19th president.

In 2004, UNH was the only public institution in New England to rank in the top 10 of number of Fulbright fellowships awarded, with five graduates receiving grants. In the same year, UNH was ranked the 10th best entrepreneurial college in the nation by The Princeton Review.[2] According to U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" listings, the University of New Hampshire is a "more selective" national university, placing it in the first out of five tiers of competitiveness when it comes to admissions standards. Due to its extensive efforts in the area of sustainability, UNH was one of 15 highest scoring schools on the College Sustainability Report Card 2009, with the Sustainable Endowments Institute awarding it a grade of "A-".[3] For the 2010-2011 academic year, U.S. News ranked UNH as the 4th most expensive in-state tuition for a public school in the country. [4]



Thompson Hall, built in 1892

In 1866, the university was first incorporated as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, in association with Dartmouth College. Durham resident Benjamin Thompson left his farm and assets to the state for the establishment of an agricultural college. On January 30, 1890, Benjamin Thompson died and his will became public. On March 5, 1891 Gov. Hiram Americus Tuttle signed an act accepting the conditions of Thompson's will. On April 10, 1891, Gov. Tuttle signed a bill authorizing the college's move to Durham, New Hampshire.

In 1892, the Board of Trustees hired Charles Eliot to draw a site plan for the first five campus buildings: Thompson, Conant, Nesmith, and Hewitt Shops (now called Halls) and the Dairy Barn. Eliot visited Durham and worked for three months to create a plan prior to the move to Durham. The Class of 1892, excited about the pending move to Durham, held commencement exercises in an unfinished barn on the Durham campus. On April 18, 1892, the Board of Trustees voted to "authorize the faculty to make all the arrangements for the packing and removal of college property at Hanover to Durham." The Class of 1893, followed the previous class and held commencement exercises in unfinished Thompson Hall, the Romanesque Revival campus centerpiece designed by the prominent Concord architectural firm of Dow & Randlett.

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In fall 1893, classes officially began in Durham with 51 freshmen and 13 upperclassmen, which was three times the projected enrollment. Graduate study was also established in fall 1893 for the first time. The number of students and the lack of state funds for dormitories caused a housing crunch and forced students to find housing in town. The lack of housing caused difficulty for attracting women to the university. In 1908, construction on Smith Hall, the first women's dorm, was completed using private and state funds. Prior to the construction of Fairchild Hall in 1915 for male students, 50 freshmen lived in the basement of DeMerritt Hall. With the continuing housing shortage for men, the administration encouraged the growth of the UNH Greek system. From the late 1910s through the 1930s, the fraternity system expanded and provided room and board for male students.

In 1923, Gov. Fred Herbert Brown signed a bill changing the name of the college to University of New Hampshire, despite pressure by state agriculture interests that had defeated a similar proposal in 1911.


UNH is composed of seven colleges and the Graduate School, offering some 2,000 courses in over 100 majors.

Morrill Hall c. 1920

The seven colleges of UNH are:

The university is a member of the New England Board of Higher Education's New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) where New England public universities and colleges offer a number of undergraduate curricula with special considerations to students from other New England states. If an out-of-state student's home state schools do not offer a certain degree program offered by UNH, that student can receive the in-state tuition rate plus 75 percent if enrolled in the program.

The Thompson School of Applied Science (TSAS), first established in 1895 and now a division of COLSA, confers an associate degree in applied science in seven different programs: Applied Animal Science, Applied Business Management, Civil Technology, Community Leadership, Food Service Management, Forest Technology, and Horticultural Technology.

Pettee Hall c. 2005

The coastal proximity of the university affords excellent programs in marine biology and oceanography. Facilities include the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory at Adams Point in Durham, and the Shoals Marine Laboratory jointly operated with Cornell University on Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals.

There are three main university-wide undergraduate research programs: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), and International Research Opportunities Program (IROP).

The university offers many opportunities for students to study abroad through managed programs, exchange programs and approved programs. As of fall 2004, there were 561 students (4 percent of the student body) studying in 38 different countries. The university runs/manages 22 study abroad programs, which include: Cambridge, England; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Brest, France; Dijon, France; Grenoble, France; Budapest, Hungary; Osaka, Japan; Utrecht, Netherlands; Maastricht, Netherlands; New Zealand; India, South Africa, Italy, Kenya, and Granada, Spain. The university also accepts credit from over 300 approved programs that are run through other institutions. The university organizes an annual summer abroad program at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. There are also over 100 National Exchange Program opportunities.

In 2010, the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord was incorporated into the University of New Hampshire System and renamed the University of New Hampshire School of Law. It is the only law school in the state of New Hampshire. The School of Law offers Juris Doctor degrees in addition to graduate studies in Intellectual Property and Commerce & Technology.


University Library

The University Library consists of the main Dimond Library and four science libraries specializing in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and computer science, mathematics, and engineering. The Dimond Library offers three quiet study reading rooms, seating for 1,200, Zeke’s café, and the Dimond Academic Commons (DAC), a "one-stop shop" for information needs, including reference assistance, IT help, and media equipment. Collaborative work spaces, computer workstations, WiFi, and laptop ports are available throughout the building.

The Biological Sciences Library (Kendall Hall), the Chemistry Library (Parsons Hall), the Engineering/Mathematics/Computer Science Library (Kingsbury Hall), and the Physics Library (DeMeritt Hall) offer customized service for the UNH scientific and engineering communities. Each science library offers specialized reference assistance, reserve materials, reference and circulating collections, periodicals, and electronic resources specific to their fields. All science libraries provide WiFi and laptop ports, laptops and computer workstations, as well as other equipment. Parsons, DeMeritt and Kingsbury Libraries have group meeting rooms that students may reserve; all have collaborative as well as quiet areas.

In addition to more than 2 million volumes and 50,000 periodical subscriptions, the library has an extensive government documents collection, maps, sound recordings, CDs, videos, DVDs, and a Special Collections and Archives section with rare books, manuscripts, and University publications and papers. The Library offers extensive electronic resources including e-books, digital collections, indexes in many subject areas, statistical data sets and databases supplying full-text periodical and newspaper articles.

University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL)

Students and staff from mainly majors of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science students work at the UNH InterOperability Laboratory, which tests networking and data communications devices and products. The UNH-IOL interviews and accepts applications from students of all majors and varying backgrounds of job experience and expertise.

More than 100 graduate and undergraduate student employees work with full-time UNH-IOL staff, gaining hands-on experience with developing technologies and products. The companies and organizations that work with the UNH-IOL benefit from cost-effective testing services, as well as the opportunity to recruit future engineers from the UNH-IOL workforce.[5]


The university has approximately 200 student organizations grouped by academics and careers, community service, political and world affairs, arts and entertainment, culture and language, fraternities and sororities, hall councils, honor societies, leisure and recreation, media and publications, religious, special interest, and student activism.

A list of these groups can be found on the Student Organization Services website. 13 of these groups receive Student Activity Fee funds to help subsidize the services they provide; these groups include the Campus Activity Board, Diversity Support Coalition, Memorial Union Student Organization, The Granite yearbook, SCAN TV, Student Committee on Popular Entertainment, Non-Traditional Student Organization, Student Senate,[6] The New Hampshire, and WUNH.

The New Hampshire Outing Club, the oldest and largest club on campus, offers trips into the outdoors each weekend.

Student government

The Student Senate of the University of New Hampshire will serve as an advocate for all undergraduate students, deriving its power from the consent of the governed; and is developed on the principle that all undergraduate students of the University of New Hampshire have the basic right and responsibility to participate in University governance. Such participation encourages the development of student expertise in affairs of the University of New Hampshire and places significant responsibility on students for their involvement with the implementation of policies, rules, and regulations that affect the lives and quality of education of students at the University of New Hampshire.[7]


Engineering students have the opportunity to get involved in the following projects and extracurricular activities:


Greek life

Approximately 9% of undergraduate students are affiliated with fraternities and sororities recognized by the university. The Office of Greek Life, the Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council oversee the 11 recognized social fraternities, seven recognized social sororities, and one coed society. Many of the fraternities and sororities have houses on Madbury Road and Strafford Avenue in Durham. These houses are not owned by or on university property.




Unrecognized groups

Unrecognized groups that have no official relationship with the University of New Hampshire after losing recognition for violations of the Student Code:


The University of New Hampshire offers two undergraduate degree programs: the bachelor of arts in music and the bachelor of music; and two graduate degree programs: the master of arts in music, and the master of arts in teaching. The department also offers the following groups for one academic credit:


  • Wind Symphony [3]
  • Symphonic Band [4]
  • Concert Band [5]
  • Wildcat Marching Band [6]
  • Pep Band [7]
  • Jazz Bands [8]
  • Symphony Orchestra [9]


  • Concert Choir [10]
  • Chamber Singers [11]
  • Opera Workshop [12]

A cappella – not associated with music dept

  • Not Too Sharp [8]
  • Alabaster Blue [9]
  • University of New Hampshire Gentlemen
  • University of New Hampshire Notables
  • Maiden Harmony

The University of New Hampshire has a recently formed student organization not associated with the music department or a cappella groups: the Association of Students United by Music or ASUM Klub. The organization, pronounced "Awesome Club," provides the opportunity for students enrolled in all fields of study to play music with their peers. The organization takes an informal approach to playing covers of modern rock and pop music in a concert format. Though many musical genres are incorporated, popular rock and pop songs make up the majority of ASUM Klub's repertoire.



The school's athletic teams are the Wildcats, and they compete in the NCAA Division I. UNH is a member of the America East Conference for basketball, cross country, track and field, soccer, swimming & diving and tennis; and women's crew, field hockey, and volleyball. They also compete in Hockey East in men's and women's ice hockey, Eastern Collegiate Ski Association for skiing, as well as the Colonial Athletic Association for football at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA) level.

In the 2006 academic year the university cut women's crew, men's swimming & diving, and men's and women's tennis at the varsity level, and trimmed the size of the men's ski team from 27 to 12. The reason given was the athletic department would save $500,000 towards a $1 million budet shortfall and be in compliance with Title IX for the first time.[13] In 1997, the university cut baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, and men's lacrosse.

In addition to varsity athletics, the university offers many club sports through the Department of Campus Recreation, including Aikido, Archery, Baseball, Crew, Cycling, Dance, Fencing, Figure Skating, Golf, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Taekwondo, Ultimate Frisbee (Men and Women's) , Wrestling, and the Woodsmen Club. Many of these clubs compete either on an intercollegiate basis with New England teams, or sponsor university tournaments and frequently participate in national championships. UNH also offers horseback riding as a recreation. Many students can take horseback riding lessons with instructors, on their horse or the schools. UNH holds many events each year, for they have a large cross country course. UNH also has a dressage team that competes yearly.

The school's official colors are blue and white. The school's official mascot is the wildcat and its uniformed mascot is known as "Wild E. Cat."

The recognized fight song of UNH is "On to Victory", the most current version of which was arranged by Tom Keck, Director of Athletic Bands from 1998–2003. In 2003, "UNH Cheer" (originally titled "Cheer Boys") was resurrected from the university archives by Erika Svanoe, former Director of Athletic Bands. Based on the school song "Old New Hampshire", not to be confused with the New Hampshire state song of the same name, "UNH Cheer" currently serves as a secondary fight song and is often performed immediately following "On to Victory."

On October 7, 2006, Wildcats wide receiver David Ball tallied the 51st receiving touchdown of his career to displace Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State University, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame a month earlier, atop the ranking of NCAA Division I and I-AA players by career receiving touchdowns. He later signed as a rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears and played with well-known college football players Chris Leak and Darius Walker.

The Wildcats are considered one of the top NCAA Division I hockey schools in the nation.[citation needed]


Commencement ceremonies at the University of New Hampshire, on May 19, 2007.

As of the fall as of 2005 semester, the university had 13,544 undergraduate students and 2,481 graduate students enrolled in more than 100 majors. The university is 61 percent in-state students, 38 percent out-of-state students and 2 percent international students; and is 57 percent female and 43 percent male. The administration is also making a push to increase and promote diversity.[citation needed]

Durham campus

Congreve Hall

The University of New Hampshire is located in the town of Durham, New Hampshire, and has a "traditional New England campus." The Durham campus is 1,100 acres (4.5 km2), with 300 acres (1.2 km2) in the "campus core" and 800 acres (3.2 km2) of open land on the west edge of campus. The campus core is considered to be the university property within a 10-minute walk from Thompson Hall, the symbolic and near-geographic center of campus. The campus core contains many of the academic and residential buildings, while the outer campus contains much of the agriculture land and buildings. The university owns a total of 2,450 acres (9.9 km2) of land.


Smith Hall c. 1915

The university offers all underclassmen the opportunity to live in university housing. As of 2006, the university housed 55 percent of all undergraduate students. While not required to live on campus freshman year, students are strongly encouraged to; as of the fall 2009 semester over 99% of incoming freshman chose to live on campus, and over 70% of returning sophomores did as well.

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Mills Hall - suites

The university offers students a choice of traditional dorm rooms, suites, and on-campus apartments. The university's Campus Master Plan envisions housing about 60 percent of undergraduates, requiring an addition of 1700 beds. However, the state of New Hampshire does not provide funding for non-academically related buildings, including dormitories.

Babcock Hall

Undergraduate housing is divided into three areas: The Hills, The Valley, and The Timbers (formerly Area I, Area II and Area III, respectively). There are also two undergraduate apartment complexes, The Gables and Woodside Apartments. The university offers family housing in the Forest Park apartments and graduate housing in Babcock Hall.

For the fall 2006 semester, two new buildings at The Gables ("North" and "South") were opened, providing an additional 400 beds. In summer 2006, one-half of Forest Park was demolished to make way for two new buildings (A & B) of the Southeast Residential Community (SERC). Buildings SERC A and SERC B have provided housing for 492 students since fall 2007. Two existing mini-dorms were demolished during summer 2007 to construct a third building, SERC C, which has provided housing for 235 students since fall 2008. Plans exist to provide 781 new beds by demolishing the remaining 9 buildings (98 units) in Forest Park. Later plans call for the construction of a new 170-unit graduate housing facility at a location to be determined.

Due to the over-enrollment of the 2006–2007 academic year, the university offered students who intended to live in campus housing a free parking pass for the academic year, credit in UNH "Dining Dollars" and a refund of the housing deposit given that the student withdrew their intentions to live on campus. The incentive was designed to free up space for the large incoming freshman class.

Themed housing

The University of New Hampshire offers themed housing options for students interested in choosing a living environment that best suits their personality. Common themes include: first year, leadership, green living, multi-cultural, honors, chem-free, and the arts. [14]

Housing is guaranteed to all new first-year students, with many of them housed in Christensen Hall and Williamson Hall, the two largest first-year-only halls. These halls offer a living environment of commonality, where all are new to the university. The university guarantees students who live on-campus the ability to live on campus all four years. However, students who move off campus (with the exception of students studying abroad) lose this guarantee, and must complete a housing wait list wait-list application each semester in order to be considered for on-campus housing the following semester.

Transfer students can generally get on campus housing if transferring to UNH for the spring semester (but must submit a completed housing wait-list application prior to transferring)[15]; however, transfer students transferring for the fall semester have a relatively low chance of getting on campus housing due to the high demand of returning students, and the incoming freshman class. Transfer students are also not guaranteed housing, unless transferring from a community college after graduating with their associates.[16]


With the UNH Sustainability Academy, UNH possesses the oldest endowed sustainability program in higher education in the U.S. and has been integrating sustainability across the university's curriculum, operations, research and engagement since the office was founded in 1997.[17] Examples of efforts include:

  • Dual major in Sustainability (coming 2012)
  • Dual major in EcoGastronomy
  • The first organic dairy research farm at a US land grant university
  • EcoLine (a landfill gas pipeline) that meets up to 85% of the university's energy needs (while selling REC's off the electricity generated to invest back in the EcoLine project and a revolving energy efficiency fund)
  • WildCAP, UNH's Climate Action Plan, with goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (compared to a 1990 baseline)
  • Energy and Ecosystem Task Forces
  • Signature of the international Slow Food principles, the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and the Taillories Declaration
  • ~22% of dining hall purchases coming from local, regional and organic sources
  • Engaged scholarship for sustainability through programs like Carbon Solutions New England, Food Solutions New England, the Sustainability Research Collaboratory, and more
  • NH Farm to School Program[17]

UNH has received numerous awards and "top ten" recognition for its sustainability leadership, including from AASHE, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the Princeton Review, the Sierra Club, KIWI Magazine, Business NH Magazine, the USEPA, the USDOT, and many more.[17]"UNH Sustainability Academy". University of New Hampshire. Retrieved June 22, 2011. </ref> UNH released a book about its sustainability efforts in 2009. Coauthored by over 60 faculty, staff and community partners, it is one of the first to focus on a higher education institute's entire suite of integrated sustainability efforts.[18]

National Historic Chemical Landmark

Conant Hall was dedicated as a National Historical Chemical Landmark—the first in New Hampshire. Conant Hall was the first chemistry building on the Durham campus, and it was the headquarters of the American Chemical Society from 1907–1911, when Charles Parsons was the society’s secretary. In addition, from 1906–1928, the hall housed the laboratories of Charles James, who was an innovative developer of separation and analytical methods for compounds of rare earth elements.[19]

He is particularly well known for the James Method for separation of rare earths by fractional recrystallization of their double magnesium nitrate salts. James has also been credited (with Urbain and von Welsbach) for the independent discovery of the element lutetium. This is the only element discovered (as opposed to synthesized) on American soil. James Hall, the second chemistry building on campus, was, of course, named for (and designed by) Charles James.

Notable faculty

  • Grant Drumheller, painter, Professor of Art
  • Ellen Fitzpatrick, historian, political commentator, Professor of History
  • Mary Goldsmith, Artist-in-resident emeritus
  • Eliga H. Gould, historian, Professor of History
  • Meredith Hall, author of New York Times Bestseller "Without a Map", Lecturer of English
  • Hans Heilbronner, (1926-2011), historian, Holocaust survivor, Professor Emeritus of History
  • Jochen Heisenberg, Professor Emeritus of Physics, son of famed German physicist and Nobel Laureate Werner Heisenberg
  • Robert LeBlanc, Professor Emeritus of Geography, 9/11 victim (United Airlines Flight 175)
  • John D. Mayer, Professor of Psychology, co-developer of Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and notable author and expert on personality psychology
  • Joshua Meyrowitz, author of "No Sense of Place" , Professor of Communication
  • Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Professor Emeritus of English
  • Edwin Scheier, noted American sculptor, Fine art professor emeritus
  • Charles Simic, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Professor of English, U.S. Poet Laureate (2007–08)
  • Harvard Sitkoff, Civil Rights scholar, Professor Emeritus of History
  • Andrew Smith, polling and political adviser for The Boston Globe, Professor of Political Science
  • Clark Terry, jazz trumpeter, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Music

Notable alumni

Science, business and industry

Diplomacy, government, military and politics

Governors of New Hampshire


Ice hockey


Other sports

Field hockey
  • Katie Scanlon 1992, silver medalist in the eight and the four at the 1993 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, a silver medalist in the eight at the 1994 World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., and a gold medalist in the four at the 1995 World Championships in Tampere, Finland.
  • Patrick Sweeney 1989, single sculler second place 1996 Olympic Trials, winner 1996 Canadian International Henley Regatta, Gold Medal and Silver Medal in 1994 Olympic Festival. US National Champion

Writers and journalists



Visual arts


Campus sites of interest

See also


  1. ^ "Part One" (PDF). Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Editorial and Creative Services". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "College Sustainability Report Card 2009". Sustainable Endowments Institute. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ "10 Most Expensive Public Colleges for In-State Students". Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ "InterOperability Laboratory: About Us". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Student Senate". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Student Senate Documents". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "University of New Hampshire Jazz". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "University of New Hampshire – Department of Music – UNH Symphony Orchestra". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Opera Workshop". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Living on Campus – Theme Living Communities". Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
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  17. ^ a b c "UNH Sustainability Academy". University of New Hampshire. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  18. ^ "The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future". University of New Hampshire and University Press of New England. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark, Separation of Rare Earth Elements (1999).
  20. ^ Plain Dealer guest writer. "Thomas Williams' 'The Hair of Harold Roux' deserves a rousing readership". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 

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